Frank Turek On Kerry’s Abortion Pronouncements

October 11, 2004

My friend Frank Turek, coauthor with Norman Geisler of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist,” which I wrote the Foreword for, and wrote a column on, just sent me an e-mail complaining about John Kerry’s debate comments on abortion. Frank, being a theologian and Christian apologist, has strong and insightful opinions on these matters so I am going to share his e-mail with you.

Frank is further uniquely qualified to address these issues, given his coauthorship (also with Dr. Geisler) of another book, “Legislating Morality.” In my column to be posted later today, I also address Kerry’s specious claim that he can’t impose his moral or religious beliefs on the rest of us. I also wrote a column a few months ago ago addressing Kerry’s anomalous statement that he believes life begins at conception but he wouldn’t lift a finger to protect that life through the legal process. I address that again in today’s column to be posted a little later.

Here is Frank’s missive:

The media has made no mention of the most absurd answer John Kerry gave in Fridaya^?(TM)s debate.  Kerrya^?(TM)s two part answer is perhaps the most illogical thing he has ever said (and thata^?(TM)s saying a lot!).  

First, herea^?(TM)s what Kerry said after affirming his a^?oeCatholica^?? position that life begins at conception: a^?oeBut I can’t take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn’t share that article of faith, whether they be agnostic, atheist, Jew, Protestant, whatever.  I can’t do that.a^??  This answer is absurd for a number of reasons:

1.      The humanity of the unborn is not an article of a^?oefaitha^?? as Kerry would like it to be.  It is a scientific fact.  Any ninth grade biology text will tell you than an unborn child is a 100 percent genetic human being from the moment of conception.

2.      Kerry position is a classic case of confusing religion and morality.  Religion has to do with our duty to God, while morality has to do with our duty to one another.  No one is trying to impose a mere religious point of view regarding abortion.  But everyone, including Kerry, is trying to impose morality.  While pro-lifers are trying to impose continued pregnancy on the mother, a^?oepro-choicersa^?? like John Kerry impose death on the baby whenever abortion is chosen.  Killing people is a civil issue of law and morality.  Ita^?(TM)s not just a religious position. What does being Catholic have to do with legislating against the killing of innocent human beings?  Do only Catholics think murder is wrong?  Of course not!   Agnostics, atheists, Jews, Protestantsa^??hindeed all humans — know ita^?(TM)s wrong to kill innocent human beings.  We dona^?(TM)t need to impose religion in order to ban murder.  The self-evident moral law, not religion, is what is imposed in this country.  Indeed, thata^?(TM)s what our Declaration of Independence recognizes.

3.      I wonder what Kerrya^?(TM)s position on abortion would be if he could be put back into the womb.  As Ronald Reagan once said, a^?oeIa^?(TM)ve noticed all those in favor of abortion are already born!a^??

Second, the second part of Kerrya^?(TM)s answer was even more intellectually vacuous than the first (and hea^?(TM)s supposed to be the a^?oesmarta^?? one!).  Kerry said we ought to use tax dollars to fund abortion for the poor!  a^?oeNow, I believe that you can take that position and not be pro- abortion, but you have to afford people their constitutional rights. And that means being smart about allowing people to be fully educated, to know what their options are in life, and making certain that you don’t deny a poor person the right to be able to have whatever the constitution affords them if they can’t afford it otherwise.a^??

THIS IS THE MOST INSANE AND LEFTIST THING KERRY HAS EVER SAID!  Since when are tax-payers fiscally responsible to supply for the poor whatever the Constitution affords?  Think about the implications of this logic: According to the constitution, we all have a right to bear arms.  Is Kerry going to pay for my guns?  We have a right to worship freely.  Is Kerry going to pay for my church?  We have a right to free speech.  Is Kerry going to pay for my website?  This kind of liberal logic makes communists look like conservatives!  

Keep in mind that this comes from the man who voted against the funding our troops. Kerry neglected his true constitutional duty to provide for the common defense, but is now eager to fund an invented right to kill innocent human beings.  How can this man be a serious candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America?  God help us.